What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a "SPECIALIST" in dentistry. After graduating from Dental School and becoming a dentist, they must apply, be accepted and graduate from a university accredited by the American Dental Association. This is two or more years of specialized post-doctoral training in the art and science of moving teeth. Only orthodontists are uniquely qualified to perform orthodontic services. Membership in the American Association of Orthodontists guarantees they are certified in the specialty of orthodontics.
What is a "Board Certified" Orthodontist?
The highest obtainable level of education in the orthodontic specialty is to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Only one third of all practicing Orthodontists attain Diplomate status. This designation indicates that Dr. Goldreich has completed rigorous testing, including oral defense of case reports and the ability to prove superior clinical reasoning. This board is the only recognized board organization by the American Dental Association.
Can my family dentist do orthodontics?
General dentists are not specialists in orthodontics but are not limited by law from placing braces on teeth. Some attend "non-specialist weekend courses" and provide orthodontic services in their office. Your assurance in receiving the best care possible for yourself or your child is to see a university trained, certified orthodontic specialist.
Do I need a referral from my dentist before seeing the orthodontist?
No, you do not need a referral from your dentist in order to see the orthodontist. You may call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldreich yourself.
How much do braces cost?
Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the case, the age of the patient, the type of appliances used, and the estimated length of treatment. Since every case is different, a visit to our office for a complimentary examination will allow us to give you an idea of the fee. We are very proud of our flexible, interest-free payment plans – we don't want finances getting in the way you receiving orthodontic treatment.
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening by age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate their orthodontic condition. Tooth alignment or jaw growth problems are best treated early, avoiding a more serious problem later or eliminating braces as a teenager altogether.
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!
Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right to begin treatment.
Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
What will happen at the initial consultation?
The initial consultation at our office is complimentary. You will be greeted by our Treatment Coordinator who will give you an office tour. She will introduce you to Dr. Goldreich who will then conduct an extensive evaluation of your teeth and gums. To read more about your first visit, see our Initial Visit Page.
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment. We emphasize non-extraction treatment.
Do you give shots?
No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.